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Jasmina Nelson Portrait


For more information or questions, please contact Jasmina Miller at 605-681-8329 or jnmiller@embe.org.

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For more information or questions, please contact Allison Sinning at 605-681-8328 or asinning@embe.org.

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Heart and Sole is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 6th to 8th grades. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl.  In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components – body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify changes they would like to make within themselves and ways they can contribute to change around them.

Another element of Heart & Sole is the concept of small acts of kindness. It’s a way to help girls develop their empathy by noticing opportunities to be kind, appreciating these acts in their lives and engaging in these acts with those in their home, school and neighborhood.

Girls on the Run comprises over 200 councils across the United States and Canada. We want girls to have the opportunity to participate in Heart & Sole or Girls on the Run wherever they live.

*If you do not see your site, they may have not been confirmed yet. We are currently working on confirming sites for the Spring 2024 Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole season. Please check back again for an updated list as we continue to update it through August. 

Are you interested in bringing Heart & Sole to your school or community?

Importance of Girls on the Run:
At Girls on the Run, we know that girls’ self-confidence begins to drop at nine years old. Physical activity levels begin to decline at ten years old. We also know that 50% of girls start to experience bullying at ten to thirteen years old.

Girls on the Run strives to change these statistics with an evidence-based curriculum to promote social-emotional health and creatively integrate running games in each lesson.

What you need to know:
Teams are made up of 16 girls and 5 volunteer coaches.
Sites will be given recruitment materials and flyers to spread awareness of the program at your site.
Teams meet twice a week for 75 minutes or once a week for 120 minutes
There is no cost to bring the program to your community. Fees will be paid by the families during the registration process.
Full or partial scholarships are available

Download the New Site Packet for more information on how to get started.

Complete New Site Application

Are you interested in bringing Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole to your school or community? Please contact the Council Director, Allison Sinning, at asinning@embe.org.

Become a Heart & Sole Coach!

Heart & Sole strives to help every girl activate her limitless potential and ensure that she is free to boldly pursue her dreams. You can help make this possible by becoming a Heart & Sole Coach and making an investment in the life of a girl! Each season, Heart & Sole has a dynamic group of coaches that volunteer their time to guide and mentor girls so that they are prepared to become happy, healthy, self-confident adolescents and adults.

Each team consists of 6 to 15 girls that meet after school around 3:30 or 4:00 pm. Each Heart & Sole team meets twice a week throughout the season. Each team will have 4 – 6 coaches to lead the girls with a minimum of two coaches at each practice. Coaches lead the team through a comprehensive, interactive fun curriculum. All materials are provided.  It’s our volunteers that bring this program to life!

Heart & Sole Coach Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Interest in mentoring girls and being a positive role
  • Can commit to one, 75-minute practice a week
  • Able to complete National Coach Training
    You do not need to be a runner to coach a Heart & Sole team! 

Register HERE to become a coach for the Fall 2023 season.

Spring 2024 EmBe 5K Information Coming Soon

Inhale determination. Exhale doubt. At the 5K celebration, we gather as a community to celebrate the accomplishments of every GOTR/H&S girl. On this day, teams unite to recognize how far participants have come and how far they will continue to go. So register early, lace up your sneakers and get ready to witness greatness. It all starts with one deep breath.

Race information is sent out one week before the race.

Support Runner Cost:
Adults (13 years and older): $20
Youth (12 years and younger): and $15
All fees support our Girls on the Run program.